High Water Records collection of masters were recorded in Memphis Tennessee and the surrounding Mississippi Delta in the 1970s-80s during a time when Memphis dominated the world music scene with the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records and Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and Booker T. and the M.G.s at Stax Records. With no place for little known, less popular, traditional blues or gospel musicians to record, indigenous music was in danger of becoming a lost art. Fortunately, University of Memphis Ethnomusicologist Professor Dr. David Evans and College of Communication and Fine Arts founder Richard Ranta formed an on-campus record company called High Water Records and corresponding Music River Publishing in order to preserve for generations to come, the legacy of American-made Jazz, church-grown Gospel, and down-home Delta Blues forever.